Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Contour Line & Colored Tissue Paper Still Life

In this lesson students drew the contour lines of a still life and then created a colorful background using tissue paper and a spray bottle of water.  In the lessons prior to this we had drawn a contour line drawing upside down as well as practiced blind contour drawings of our hands, so students were very familiar with this process of drawing without shading. 
After the drawing was complete students outlined their contour lines with black sharpie.  Then they cut out bright colored pieces of tissue paper and laid them out across their drawing.  They very gently sprayed water across the composition and pressed lightly on the tissue paper in order for it to leave a colored print. 
I think students really enjoyed this process of art making, especially the tissue paper part :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Zentangle Still Life

In this project students created a patterned drawing while drawing from observation.  I set up various small still lifes in the room and students were given a choice on where and what to draw.  After students finished drawing they added hue, tint and shade with colored pencils.  They finished their drawing by creating patterns (AKA zentangles) with black marker for their backgrounds.

Some of the students had never drawn from a still life before, the results were great! I cannot stress enough how awesome these Zentangle Still Life Drawings turned out.  They are MESMERIZING!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dia de Los Muertos

Way back in October we celebrated Dia de Los Muertos by creating collage skeletons and drawing decorated calaveras.  Students learned about the holiday and traditions that go along with the celebrations and about the artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.  Students were then given bright colored papers and other materials to create their compositions.

As you can see, they did an outstanding job.